A Guide to Farmer’s Markets: The Why, Where and How to Shop Them by Bicoastal Model- Maria Marlowe

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Why to Shop Farmer’s Market

1. Taste: There is seriously no comparison in taste between farmer’s market produce and grocery store produce. I mean, just look at this strawberry! farmers market strawberry Have you ever seen anything this juicy ruby red? Grocery store strawberries are typically white in side, which means not only are they not as delicious, they are not as nutritious either. Hello, antioxidants! 2. Nutrition: Farmer’s market produce is typically either picked the morning of or night before the market. That means it is picked at its peak ripeness, which is also when it tastes the best and contains the most nutrients. Grocery store produce is often picked weeks before it is is ripe and will sit on trucks, in warehouses, and on grocery store shelves for days or weeks before it makes it to your home. Nutrients typically start declining after food is picked. 3. Seasonal: Since Farmer’s Markets only sell goods from local farms, typically within a 100 mile radius or so, you’ll only be offered foods that are in season at the time. While the modern grocery store gives us access to any food at any time (think watermelon in NY in December), there are benefits to eating seasonally. Food is information for our body. A juicy melon will cool our body down, perfect for a hot summer day, while a hearty beet, which is typically cooked, will warm our body up on a cold winter day. Eating seasonally keeps your body in sync with nature.

What do they Sell at Farmer’s Markets?

While it will vary from market to market, decent markets will sell a variety of fresh, local, seasonal produce, as well as dairy, eggs, meat, and even fish. Sometimes you’ll also find local baked goods. …to read more about this, click here and make sure to follow Maria on Instagram @maria_marlowe

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